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Man arrested for tampering with witness

Tybre Snell
Thursday, August 8, 2019

A man was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and tampering with a witness after a woman reported he’d bullied her into writing a letter to drop charges against him in a criminal case, according to a police report.

Tybre Jakobe Snell, 21, who is living at a rehab facility in Astoria, was booked at Clatsop County Jail for tampering with a witness, fourth-degree assault and violation of a release agreement.

Police were called to the woman’s home in the 1500 block of South Main Avenue at 11:10 p.m. July 24. Although she is a protected person in a court order, she admitted allowing him inside the residence, according to a probable cause declaration filed with the courts.

She told police that Snell wanted her to write a letter to his attorney so charges against him would not be pursued in court, Officer Alfonzo Fontana wrote in the declaration.

Initially, the woman told Snell she’d sent the letter by email because she was afraid of him, Fontana wrote. But when he checked with his attorney’s office, he learned it wasn’t true.

At one point he “grabbed her by both arms in the upper-arm area and moved her from the door and he then left,” according to the document.

While the officer was interviewing her, the woman received a message from a friend that the man was at Warrenton Mini Mart. He was arrested there a short time later.

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